James Nolan Mason
July 25, 1952
Chillicothe, Ohio, United States
|Political party||American Nazi Party (1966-70~)|
National Socialist Liberation Front (1970s)
Mason believes that Nazis cannot take power as long as the existing U.S. government remains in place. He advocates murder and violence to create chaos and anarchy and destabilize the system. Mason considers Timothy McVeigh and James Fields Jr. to be "heroes" and claims that the white race is in danger because of the Jews. Mason commented on the election of Donald Trump that "in order to Make America Great Again, you have to make it white again".
Mason is an advisor to Atomwaffen Division, a paramilitary neo-Nazi organization, which has been identified as part of the Alt-right. Atomwaffen was responsible for 8 homicides in 2017-2019. During a court case related to Atomwaffen the prosecutor stated that James Mason may "represent the most violent, revolutionary and potentially terroristic expression of right-wing extremism current today".
Mason grew up in Chillicothe, Ohio. When he was 14 years old, in 1966, he joined the youth movement of George Lincoln Rockwell's American Nazi Party (ANP). In 1968, when he was 16, Mason planned to murder the principal and other staff members at his high school. Instead, following the advice of William Luther Pierce, he quit school and began working at the American Nazi Party's headquarters in Virginia. After the death of George Lincoln Rockwell in 1967, Mason aligned himself with the National Socialist White People's Party and Joseph Tommasi's National Socialist Liberation Front (NSLF).
In 1970, at the age of 18, Mason became a full-fledged member of the ANP and returned to Chillicothe, Ohio.
In 1980, Mason took over writing Siege, the newsletter of the NSLF. He continued publishing until 1986. In the newsletter, Mason paid tribute to Adolf Hitler, Joseph Tommasi, Charles Manson, and Savitri Devi. He also advocated random attacks and murders in order to destabilize society. In 1992, the newsletters were edited and published in book form as Siege: The Collected Writings of James Mason by Michael Jenkins Moynihan. The book acquired a neo-Nazi following and now it is required reading for initiates of the Atomwaffen Division.
In 1973, Mason and fellow neo-Nazi Greg Hurles went to a car dealership in order to test drive a car. They then maced several black teenagers in the parking lot of a Dairy Queen. Mason then served six months in a Cincinnati workhouse.
Between 1978 and 1980, Mason worked with the National Socialist White Worker’s Party and edited The Stormer, their newsletter.
In the early 1980s, Mason began corresponding with Sandra Good and Lynette Fromme, two followers of Charles Manson. In 1982, along with Manson, Mason founded Universal Order, an organization that encouraged terror with notoriety, similar to that achieved by the Manson Family.
In 1988 and 1991, police raided Mason’s home in Ohio and seized pornographic photos of a 15-year-old girl. In 1992, he pleaded guilty to two counts of "illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material". In 1993, Mason moved to Colorado.
In May 1994, Mason was arrested and charged with two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Mason threatened his ex-girlfriend, who was then 16 years old, and a Latino man who she had been dating with a firearm. Mason struck a plea bargain, and was convicted of weapons charges. He was in and out of prison for years, and was released in August 1999.
Even within the alt-right — a loose association of white supremacists and fascists — the Atomwaffen Division is considered extreme.